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May 1946 (USA) See more »
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Ginger Rogers ... Arlette Lafron

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Pierre de Roche (as Jean Pierre Aumont)

Adolphe Menjou ... Ambassador
Melville Cooper ... Roland Latour
Mikhail Rasumny ... Yves Cadubert
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Baron Ferdinand Dvorak
Mona Maris ... Ambassador's Wife
Henry Stephenson ... Minister

Basil Rathbone ... Professor Aristide
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Agresti ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
Rodney Bell ... Student (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
Robert Cherry ... Student (uncredited)
Fred Farrell ... Beggar Outside School (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
William Frambes ... Student (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
Eddie Hayden ... Henri the Fat Thief (uncredited)
Fred Hueston ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
Ivan Lebedeff ... Thief at Ball (uncredited)
Charles Legneur ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
Jacques Lory ... Student (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Thief in Film Within the Film (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Thief at Ball (uncredited)
Richard Neill ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... Usher at Ball (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sam Wood 
Writing credits
Morrie Ryskind (adaptation)

Hans Wilhelm (original screenplay) &
Max Kolpé (original screenplay) (as Max Kolpe) &
Michel Duran (original screenplay)

Rowland Leigh (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Raymond Hakim .... producer
Robert Hakim .... producer
Cinematography by
Joseph A. Valentine (director of photography) (as Joseph Valentine)
Film Editing by
Roland Gross 
J.R. Whittredge 
Casting by
Jack Murton 
Production Design by
Lionel Banks 
Set Decoration by
George Sawley 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joe C. Gilpin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Sherwood .... assistant director
Sound Department
John E. Tribby .... sound recordist (as John Tribby)
Visual Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Howard Greer .... gowns: Miss Rogers
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Earl B. Mounce .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
H. de Schulthess .... production assistant
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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Referenced in Keaton's Cop (1990)See more »
The Heartbeat Song (Can You Guess?)See more »


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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Does Have Its Moments, But Never Really Comes Together, 3 January 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Despite having some talent and material to work with, this feature produces just a few good moments, and it never really comes together the way it might have. The cast, headed by Ginger Rogers and including some fine supporting actors, certainly supplied plenty of talent. The story idea was only mildly imaginative, but it had the potential for some decent comedy and entertaining romantic mix-ups. But it seems to go in too many different directions at different times, and perhaps as a result, it has a few stretches of good material packed amidst some longer, less interesting parts.

Rogers was easily one of the more attractive and talented actresses of her era, but the role of Arlette just doesn't seem to work for her. The character is not really as interesting as the situation, and Rogers often seems to be trying too hard. In any case, the character never quite rings true.

The story starts with Arlette, a reluctant enrollee in a school for petty criminals, getting roped into a scheme by an unscrupulous aristocrat that plunges her into a series of romantic and personal complications, as she develops a tangled relationship with a diplomat played by Jean-Pierre Aumont. The story is pure fluff, deliberately implausible but with some good possibilities, and it would likely have worked better with a lighter, more farcical touch all around.

Basil Rathbone is well cast as the 'professor' at the crime school, and there are some amusing details in his classes and teaching methods, but all of the sequences in the 'school' are essentially just elaborations on the basic gag idea. Adolphe Menjou was an ideal choice for the unprincipled nobleman, but he has to contend with some clunky dialogue in his part. For all of these and other reasons, "Heartbeat" - though probably worth seeing - never hits its stride, and it delivers less than it could have.

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